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>> good morning, everyone, and welcome to the tuesday, november 20th, 2012 meeting of the san francisco county transportation authority. my name is david campos and i am the chair of the commission, the authority. we are joined by the clerk of the authority, erika cheng, and we would like to thank the following members of sfgtv staff for covering the meeting today. nona and jessie. madam clerk, if you can please call item 1 roll call. >> commissioner avalos? >> present.
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>> [speaker not understood]. cohen present. elsbernd present. farrell present. kim absent. mar absent. olague present. wiener present. we have a quorum. >> great, thank you very much. if you can now call item number 2. >> item number 2, approval of minutes of the october 23, 2012 meeting, that is an action item. >> before we take action on this item i'd like to open it up for any member of the public who would like to speak on item 2, please come forward. you each have three minutes. mr. chair, i was reading the minutes and normally i don't comment on the minutes. but when we comment on something that is critical and important and if just a few sentences are put in the minutes, maybe that's the style of doing it. but i think it's really important when you're talking
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about the third street light rail, the first street starting at fourth and king and ending in the middle of visitacion valley, that that connection from visitacion valley to balboa station is very critical in having a system that really works. so, again and again, i take people on the third street light rail and we stop at visitacion valley, there isn't a town there, there isn't anything there. and i know one of the supervisors who represents district 11 is pushing for it, but there seems to be no concerted effort to listen to his pleas. but i tell you it's high time that we in the minutes, when somebody says something about that thing it reflects -- it reflects [speaker not understood] that there should
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be some short term and long-term goals regarding connecting balboa station to visitacion valley. and then bringing that all the way to fourth and king. thank you very much. >> thank you. is there any other member of the public who would like to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. we can take our roll call on this. [roll call] minutes passed. >> item passes, thank you. if you can now call item number 3. >> item number 3, chair's report, this is an information item. >> thank you very much.
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i have some brief remarks today. as you know, we are about to enter the holiday season and i want to begin by wishing everyone a happy thanksgiving and hopefully everyone here and those who are watching will be able to spend some time with family. i do want to thank our staff at the sf county transportation authority for all the work that they have done this year. i think that we have accomplished a lot and i look forward to having a more in-depth discussion about some of those accomplishmentses at our next meeting. as you know, we had an election on november 6 and we had some interesting developments in terms of revenue, at least, at the state level we saw some relief being brought by prop 30. we also saw a couple of transportation measures that failed in alameda county and in los angeles, and i think that as we are analyzing the reasons for those results, it's important for us here in san francisco to have a better understanding of why perhaps that happened as we think about
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our own transportation needs going forward. of course, the most significant development at the federal level was the reelection of president obama. and i think that what that means for transportation, not only in the state of california, but nationwide, is pretty significant including, of course, what it does to high-speed rail. and the president has been a very strong supporter of that and that's something that we have been pushing for here in california and we want to make sure that we continue our efforts. but that certainly is a positive development on that -- on that front. as we move forward to the next year, one of the things that i'd like to ask my colleagues is to simply think about some of the priorities that we should have as a body, not only priorities in terms of the individual projects or needs that each one of our districts has, but also collectively the priorities for the city. i know that we have seen a great deal of cooperation between the county
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transportation authority and the sfmta and i think that it's important for us to continue those efforts. and one of the things that i wanted to see next year is to -- and focus more on how we improve some of the coordination that is taking place among the various city agencies, especially around some of the major projects. i thought, you know, in the last few months we have seen exactly how that coordination, that cooperation has worked well. we also have seen examples of how it hasn't. and, so, to the extent that what we as a funding agency can play a role in facilitating and enhancing that cooperation i would like to see that. and that's one of the items i'd like to have at a future meeting, to have a more in-depth discussion and a conversation, really, with all the different agencies that work with the county transportation authority about how we can improve that level of cooperation and corroboration. i think it will lead to greater efficiencies in how some of these projects are delivered.
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so, that's it unless you have any questions. i will open it up to public comment. any member of the public who would like to speak on item 3, please come forward. mr. chair, i like your comments. what i want to focus on are the youth that we have here in san francisco. with the mtc, the san francisco county transportation authority, the mta, together with the board of supervisors and especially this body, if we focus on our youth and hug them as much as we can to meet their transportation needs. * help them and one of the ways we can do that is by having a lively discussion as to how our monies are spent and have a broader view. we seem to be more focused on the operations and the machines rather than the living and the
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human beings who are [speaker not understood]. thank you very much. >> thank you. is there any other member of the public who would like to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. madam clerk, if you can please doll item number 4? >> executive director's report, this is an information item. >> now we will curran it over to our executive director. mr. moskovich, i want to thank you and your staff as we near the end of the calendar year for all the work that has been done this calendar year. >> thank you, mr. chairman. my report was a couple of additional handouts as well. i'm only going to focus on five of the items in the report in the interest of time. the first thing i'd like to comment on is that we have on the van ness vip project, bus rapid transit project, we've submitted the revised exception fact sheets to caltrans. as you know, caltrans has jurisdiction over the design on
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van ness avenue because it is a state route. and we are working very closely with the mta to make sure that we have a really top notch design for this bus rapid transit route in san francisco, the first fully featured vrt project to come through, probably in the north american continent of this kind. and we anticipate getting an approval from caltrans in early january. the publishing of the final eirs is now slated for february and that should allow us to bring the certification actually into this board on both the federal and the state documents by march 2013. in addition to that, i want to point out that we spent the last month and a half or so negotiating with mta on a transition plan. as you may recall, the plan all
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along has been for the authority to clear the project environmentally and then turn it over to the mta to finalize design and get it built. and that moment has come and i'm very pleased to report that we have reached agreement. i signed the transition plan document a couple days ago and, so, we are on schedule with that and will be a further action that will take place with an updated memorandum of the agreement between the two agencies which will come to you [speaker not understood] in december and that will memorialize at the policy level what we have already agreed to at the staff level. so, i'm really delighted about that and very confident that we're moving forward with the van ness vrt project in a most positive way. there are people who are interested in looking at the
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details of where the project is can go to www.van ness vip, all one word, dot-org. the bayview [speaker not understood] study has continued to advance as well as community outreach related to that plan. in collaboration with the department of public health and their bayview zone initiative, the next meeting -- there was a meeting of the community, working group, earlier this month. and the next one will be on december 11 at 10:00 a.m. at the bayview ymca which is located at 1601 lane street. the san francisco transportation plan, which as you know is our long-range planning document for favors thaition in the city 30erctiontion -- 30-year
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document under development. and as you know, we had an online survey the last month and a half or so that provided essentially a budget gain for people to provide their input on how to prioritize the over $3 billion in discretionary funds that will be available over the life of the plan for transportation priorities in the city. we have tremendous -- response of over 600 people took part in the game online and provided the detailed answers. those, of course, are going to be used in the process of refining the list of projects and programs that will be proposed for the next stages of the plan. also in response to agency comments, we have integrated pedestrian bicycle and travel management programs into the performance evaluation so that we have more complete picture.
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the results along with input received in the course of the public outreach will be used to inform [speaker not understood]. the next meeting of the advisory committee for the san francisco transportation plan is on november 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the authority's offices. 14 55 market street, second floor. the target for completion of the plan is summer of 2013. and will go entirely with the adoption of the regional transportation plan. in connection with that online to and for public input, got submitted to a national competition that was organized by the transportation research board, which is the branch of the national academy of scienceses that deals with transportation nationwide. and we actually won among four national initiatives as one of
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the best public outreach tools in the country. so, we're going to be receiving a recognition for that at the january meeting of the transportation research board. and i want to congratulate my staff, our deputy for planning and all the people that participated in the process of putting that together, our deputy for technology services as well, elizabeth. it really is a great opportunity to bring people closer and make it real for them how we make decisions in terms of transportation priorities. and my final item is about the [speaker not understood] bay area grant. we closed the project september 27 for [speaker not understood] the program over the next four years.
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on october 26, a month later we received 12 applications for a total of $62.6 million worth of projects. so, almost twice as much money as we have. and we set up a process for prioritizing those projects and those funds. it's a two-step process. in the first step we prioritize an initial list. we provide them with some money to do further development on the projects. then we bring them back a few months later so that we can evaluate how those project sponsors have refined the projects and sharpened their pencils to make them fit within the money that's available. that first phase, that first set of priorities in draft form is on your desks in the form of a matrix with very, very small font. it's not a reading exercise. it's an attempt to make it all fit in a small amount of real estate.
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the first page is the actual list of projects. the second page is the priority list. this is a draft -- this is [speaker not understood] committee structure, the committee in december for discussion and hopefully a blessing and then we'll come back to the board in december for approval. and, again, that's not set. the projects are going to be funded. it simply sets the projects that are prioritized so that we can give the sponsors a little bit of help further developing the design and refining the scope of the projects and the cost so that we can make them fit in the program. it's a novel way of prioritizing projects. there are more than 30 prioritization criteria that come from mtc and what the board adopted a few months ago and i'm looking forward to the results of this. i will point out that this
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program is a really important way to support the idea of complete streets. this is about the regional transportation funding agency and the authority putting together a set of projects that can set the pace for how we do well integrated projects and our complete streets projects that consider all the forms of transportation that can improve mobility in the city. this isn't just street resurfacing or just bicycle or just transit. this is about integrating, coming up with a [speaker not understood] set of projects. that is really all. -- i wanted to highlight. i wanted to answer questions on those items. that concludes my report. i do want to echo the chair's best wishes for all of you for a wonderful thanksgiving and i look forward to your questions. thank you. >> thank you. commissioner avalos. >> thank you, chair campos. just a question on the
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application for one bay area grab. are we looking to have like multiple applications that are going to be above $35 million which is going to be available for obag, or are we actually going to have a packet that adds up to $35 million? i'm concerned that when we get to a bunch of applications that could be in competition with one another, and generally my district doesn't do very well in those competitions. >> let me see if i understand your question. what we have is a set of applications that exceeds the available money by about $25 million or so. there's 35 million available -- 33 million available and 62 million in projects. we're not going to receive any further applications because the application process closed on october 26. so, what we have is what there is.
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the [speaker not understood] step is to prioritize projects that seem to fit well with the criteria. and, in fact, that's the matrix you have with you. in the second column from the left is a script and a number of projects have been prioritized to continue developing them and those four projects at the bottom that i recommended to fill out the list simply because the scores are so low. at that point the projects that are shown on the list above the line are still adding to more than the $33 million that are available. there will be further refinement of that list. hopefully not by vetting projects, but by reducing the scope on the, on the projects that are prioritized. >> so, i'm not sure that, i'm not sure that this will necessarily weed out or help
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surface projects in a district by district basis, but the list is going to be a very strong list as far as the criteria that we're set up regionally. * >> right. and the other thing that i should emphasize is that for the projects that do double up, they will be helped in the form of [speaker not understood] funding so the sponsors can refine the project and be even more competitive. >> okay, thank you for the answer. i'm kind of confused by what's the line -- i have 12 projects on the list. all the 12 projects are above the line, you're saying? or is there a line invisible to me i'm not quite aware of what it is?
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>> the 12 projects that are shown there are the projects that will be brought to you on -- at the [speaker not understood] in december. that list of projects will come with a prioritization. that will be a very preliminary prioritization that will have been discussed with the department and with the other sponsors. this, by the way, is not just the department, nonprofits sponsoring projects and so on. what i anticipate is because this list adds up to a lot more than the $33 million, there is going to be maybe three or four projects at the bottom of the list that are going to be probably not recommended for further funding. this list is not -- this list is not prioritized today. so, what you're seeing here is the inventory [speaker not understood]. the sweep stakes is in matching this list to the scores that
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will be a combination of mtc and local scores so that you can have at least a closer to the $33 million that are available. >> i thought you were saying we had a list on our desk today that has a score. [speaker not understood]. >> right. >> okay, thank you. >> thank you. commissioner cohen. >> thank you very much, mr. chair. i have a question for you, director, about the list of 12 organizations -- 12 large departments and/or agencies. i see one nonprofit that is on this list. my first question is are there applications that didn't make the first initial cut? are there organizations or departments that didn't make the first initial cut or is this a total composite list of everyone that applied? >> this is it. this is the list of everybody who applied. >> okay. >> $62 million worth of projects. >> great. and my other question is can you explain to me who is sitting on the evaluating
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committee and what is the criteria that you're using to evaluate who is going to be evaluating these applications? >> let me ask our deputy of the projects [speaker not understood] to give you the detailed answer on that. the criteria essentially set by mtc and the authority board and you approved those criteria several months ago. >> okay. you can refresh my memory in what that criteria is. >> absolutely. good morning, deputy director for policy and programming. i believe in june of this past year, the authority board approved a set of prioritization and screening criteria that will be applied to the abag coffer from elks. -- projects. [speaker not understood] based on the metropolitan transportation's criteria with a few particular prioritization criteria

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